The recent passing of Mr Isahak Bashir did envelop the entire region into mourning, he was not only a Member of Parliament, but was instrumental in the formation of many groups and committees across the Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon River – the place of his birth. He was a People’s Progressive Party stalwart with very close ties with the late President Dr Cheddi Jagan.
I can remember as a lad when the PPP would have meetings at the Aurora Public Water Side and other villages, Mr Bashir would usually be in the advance party interacting with the people and distributing flyers and other kinds of literature, listening to their concerns and having these matters addressed. This man had a fantastic memory; if he met you at Aurora today for the first time, weeks after he sees you at Charity, he calls out to you. While he was a PPP stalwart he also represented persons irrespective of their political affiliation or religious convictions, he was the people’s man for which he was loved and admired.
At his funeral, which was attended by thousands of persons including the former President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister and Acting President Honourable Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Regional Chairman, Davenand Ramdatt among others, all of whom paid glowing tributes to the hero, it was an illustration of the unselfish life Mr Bashir lived. The political arena of this country needs more like him. I hope and pray that somewhere, someplace from a political party, another Isahak Bashir is in the making.
Archie W Cordis
Former AFC Councillor